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July 26, 2005 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Forty-three years after she sat down at a knitting machine and stitched together the beginnings of a nearly $400-million-a-year business, Marie Gray has relinquished her post as chief designer at St. John Knits International Inc. The Irvine company said Monday that Kelly Gray, Marie Gray's daughter and the company's creative director and longtime model, had also left. The latest transition comes six weeks after St.
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May 6, 2007 | Melissa Magsaysay, Times Staff Writer
IT'S been two years since the palace coup, since faceless corporate executives seized control of the beloved St. John empire, drove out its royal family and attempted to drag it into the 21st century. But the patent-pump brigade wasn't having it. And after 18 stormy months at the Irvine-based fashion house, with a revolving door of senior execs and creative types, the queen is back at the helm: the grand dame herself, founder Marie Gray. And last month, St.
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July 19, 1991 | GAILE ROBINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marie St. John was only 25 years old in 1962, but her face was known nationwide. Her classic patrician features and mannered gestures helped her land a job as hostess on "Queen for a Day." St. John pointed to washing machines and wheeled out portable dishwashers to ecstatic applause from the studio audience. It was a good job for a model, but the pay wasn't great. To raise extra money for her Hawaiian honeymoon with Robert Gray, she hand-knit dresses at night to sell to her friends.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2006 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
HERE come the St. John ladies. Strolling into the richly remodeled Fairmont hotel in Newport Beach, radiating an expensive gloss in perfectly matched ensembles, golden chains and glittery jewelry. Two hundred of them are filling a ballroom on an August Tuesday afternoon, to see a charity fashion show of the St. John Knits fall line and, especially, to see Marie Gray, the founding designer who stepped down a year ago. It is the kind of occasion that calls for pulling out your St. John best.
NEWS
December 4, 1997
It's been called Camp St. John by those in the know. Others have described it as a gathering of "those wacky women." Whatever the take, this is a Thanksgiving tradition that seems here to stay. It started 20 years ago when Marie Gray, the designer behind St. John, decided that the day after Thanksgiving would be perfect for selling dress samples at a discount to a dozen women who couldn't afford to pay retail price for her upscale knits.
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January 8, 1993 | ROSE APODACA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Hillary Rodham Clinton makes the rounds at the weeklong inaugural activities later this month, look for her dressed in a lavender, two-piece knit suit at one of the day events or a black dressy knit jacket for an evening gala. Marie Gray will undoubtedly keep an eye out. After all, the new First Lady will be wearing designs Gray created as co-owner and head designer of Irvine-based St. John Knits.
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May 6, 2007 | Melissa Magsaysay, Times Staff Writer
IT'S been two years since the palace coup, since faceless corporate executives seized control of the beloved St. John empire, drove out its royal family and attempted to drag it into the 21st century. But the patent-pump brigade wasn't having it. And after 18 stormy months at the Irvine-based fashion house, with a revolving door of senior execs and creative types, the queen is back at the helm: the grand dame herself, founder Marie Gray. And last month, St.
NEWS
March 4, 1993 | ANN CONWAY
Super-model Kelly Gray, 26, had two things to celebrate at the opening on Tuesday night of the new St. John Boutique at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa. "This beautiful store--our West Coast flagship--and my upcoming marriage," Gray told friends who attended the reception that christened the 3,500-square-foot shop. On April 17, Gray--daughter of St. John founders Marie and Bob Gray of Laguna Beach--will tie the knot with England-born musician Michael Blue, 27.
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April 16, 1999 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES SENIOR FASHION WRITER
Immaculately groomed women wearing perfectly hemmed suits with matching shoes and handbags arrive in shiny luxury cars and limousines to begin their twice-yearly ritual. Nearly 1,500 of them have come to the Donald Bren Center at UC Irvine to pay homage to their clothier--St. John Inc., an international knitwear firm based in a nearby industrial park. They are the best-dressed guests ever to warm a bleacher seat at the sports arena where St.
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September 18, 1997 | KATHRYN BOLD, Special to The Times
It looked like a scene from a rock concert, but when 1,100 people gathered at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center recently, they came to cheer not a hot band but a fashion dynasty. St. John, the Irvine-based fashion house best known for its knits, stages a runway show of its latest collections twice a year before a live audience. Thousands more customers see a videotape of the show that plays in St. John's 17 boutiques and the department stores that carry the line, such as Neiman Marcus.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2005 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Forty-three years after she sat down at a knitting machine and stitched together the beginnings of a nearly $400-million-a-year business, Marie Gray has relinquished her post as chief designer at St. John Knits International Inc. The Irvine company said Monday that Kelly Gray, Marie Gray's daughter and the company's creative director and longtime model, had also left. The latest transition comes six weeks after St.
MAGAZINE
June 18, 2000 | MATTHEW HELLER, Matthew Heller lives in Los Angeles. This is his first story for the magazine
You've come hoping for a glimpse beneath the image of icy control that Kelly Gray projects as signature model for St. John Knits Inc., the elegant, Irvine-based fashion house her parents founded nearly 40 years ago. You'd wanted to get her out from behind that desk adorned with ceramic and toy Chihuahuas, the one she has occupied since father Bob appointed her company president in 1996. One idea was to catch Gray at a clothes fitting, part of the preparation for a photo shoot in Wyoming. But no.
NEWS
April 16, 1999 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES SENIOR FASHION WRITER
Immaculately groomed women wearing perfectly hemmed suits with matching shoes and handbags arrive in shiny luxury cars and limousines to begin their twice-yearly ritual. Nearly 1,500 of them have come to the Donald Bren Center at UC Irvine to pay homage to their clothier--St. John Inc., an international knitwear firm based in a nearby industrial park. They are the best-dressed guests ever to warm a bleacher seat at the sports arena where St.
NEWS
December 4, 1997
It's been called Camp St. John by those in the know. Others have described it as a gathering of "those wacky women." Whatever the take, this is a Thanksgiving tradition that seems here to stay. It started 20 years ago when Marie Gray, the designer behind St. John, decided that the day after Thanksgiving would be perfect for selling dress samples at a discount to a dozen women who couldn't afford to pay retail price for her upscale knits.
NEWS
September 18, 1997 | KATHRYN BOLD, Special to The Times
It looked like a scene from a rock concert, but when 1,100 people gathered at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center recently, they came to cheer not a hot band but a fashion dynasty. St. John, the Irvine-based fashion house best known for its knits, stages a runway show of its latest collections twice a year before a live audience. Thousands more customers see a videotape of the show that plays in St. John's 17 boutiques and the department stores that carry the line, such as Neiman Marcus.
NEWS
March 4, 1993 | ANN CONWAY
Super-model Kelly Gray, 26, had two things to celebrate at the opening on Tuesday night of the new St. John Boutique at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa. "This beautiful store--our West Coast flagship--and my upcoming marriage," Gray told friends who attended the reception that christened the 3,500-square-foot shop. On April 17, Gray--daughter of St. John founders Marie and Bob Gray of Laguna Beach--will tie the knot with England-born musician Michael Blue, 27.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2006 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
HERE come the St. John ladies. Strolling into the richly remodeled Fairmont hotel in Newport Beach, radiating an expensive gloss in perfectly matched ensembles, golden chains and glittery jewelry. Two hundred of them are filling a ballroom on an August Tuesday afternoon, to see a charity fashion show of the St. John Knits fall line and, especially, to see Marie Gray, the founding designer who stepped down a year ago. It is the kind of occasion that calls for pulling out your St. John best.
NEWS
March 17, 1989 | KAREN NEWELL YOUNG, Karen Newell Young is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
As soon as the photographer stops shooting, Marie Gray lights another cigarette, drawing deeply with berry-red lips. A Nordstrom fashion show of her spring clothing designs is about to begin, but Gray--founder of Irvine-based St. John Knits--sits calmly sipping coffee, looking dewy and relaxed despite a cross-continental flight the night before. "I feel pretty good now," said the native of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, with an ever-so-slight accent. "But I may fall apart later."
NEWS
January 8, 1993 | ROSE APODACA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Hillary Rodham Clinton makes the rounds at the weeklong inaugural activities later this month, look for her dressed in a lavender, two-piece knit suit at one of the day events or a black dressy knit jacket for an evening gala. Marie Gray will undoubtedly keep an eye out. After all, the new First Lady will be wearing designs Gray created as co-owner and head designer of Irvine-based St. John Knits.
NEWS
July 19, 1991 | GAILE ROBINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marie St. John was only 25 years old in 1962, but her face was known nationwide. Her classic patrician features and mannered gestures helped her land a job as hostess on "Queen for a Day." St. John pointed to washing machines and wheeled out portable dishwashers to ecstatic applause from the studio audience. It was a good job for a model, but the pay wasn't great. To raise extra money for her Hawaiian honeymoon with Robert Gray, she hand-knit dresses at night to sell to her friends.
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